As Wren High’s Jeff Tate prepares for his sixth year as football coach at his alma mater, he’s hoping to lead the Hurricanes to a fourth winning season in the past five.
Before Tate’s arrival, Wren had been through 11 consecutive losing seasons.
“I always checked the scores to see how they did when I was away and tried to keep up with it, and it was disappointing to see they weren’t having success,” Tate said during a recent media conference in advance of Mauldin High’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic. “I’ve lived in the community my whole life. I did want to see them have success.
“But I’m not the reason for the success. I’m a part of it, but the reason is we have a lot of people that have helped. Our administration has helped us greatly, whether it be at the district level or within our building. And then our kids obviously have bought into what all of our coaches are trying to do as far as in the weight room, and conditioning and training. They understand and trust what we’re doing.
“And then, of course, they have to believe in one another, and they’ve done that the last few years, and it’s given them a chance. It is gratifying to see that we have a chance now on each Friday, and we certainly hope that this year that will continue.”